Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Perfect Sunday

My perfect Sundays are spent having a very relaxed family morning in our pyjamas and then all helping to prepare a lovely Sunday roast. Whilst I love going out and eating (with no washing up), there is something very satisfying and delicious about cooking your own Sunday lunch.   

When we first started living together many moons ago, the thought of cooking a Sunday lunch was a very foreign concept to us, but after many practices, we have finally got our own little foolproof recipe for a perfect Sunday lunch.  Here's how we love to cook our Sunday dinner...and it really is so so easy! Baba is always hovering around the kitchen, so I tend to give her a spatula and saucepan and let her loose banging and stirring some water! 

So, first things first, your meat.  We have gone for  a beef joint today. I hate wasting food and as there is only three of us a big beef joint can be too much.  So, I tend to cut the joint in half and freeze one half for another time.  Take your beef out of the fridge about an hour before cooking so it comes to room temperature. Then drizzle with olive oil and season.  Most beef joints have instructions on their label as to how long to cook them for and I'm not exactly an expert.  But for this size of beef we cooked it at 200C for about 1 hour 45 minutes. When it is cooked you want to take it out of the oven let it rest for about 20 minutes before serving.      

Whilst the beef is cooking, we prep the vegetables.  For the three of us I use about three carrots and two parsnips.  Wash, peel and chop, then place them in foil. Pop on a couple of sprigs of thyme, drizzle with olive oil, and then seal them in the foil so its like a little parcel. Place on a baking tray and put them in the oven with the beef for 40 to 50 minutes. 

Next up, the potatoes.  Again, wash, peel and chop.  Boil in a pan of salted water for about 10-15 minutes.  You want them a little soft, but not so soft they break up.  Now you can oven cook these alongside the vegetables and beef but our oven isn't that big and we find the temperature for the potatoes isn't compatible with the meat, so we microwave oven them instead.  To do this, place the potatoes on your microwave proof plate, dot with butter and then we cook on the convection setting at 220C, warm for 25 minutes.  Turn the potatoes regularly and cook until browned.  

Now my favourite, Yorkshire puddings.  I cant believe we used to buy pre-made Yorkshire puddings...they are so easy to make and home made are delicious!!!!  To make 12 Yorkshire puddings mix 70g plain flour with 2 eggs.  Then gradually pour in 100ml of milk.  You want a lump free batter.  Pour this into a jug and then drizzle a little sunflower oil into each hole on a 12 hole muffin tray.  Pop the tin in the oven just to heat through and then pour the batter evenly into the tins.  Pop into the oven at 210C (fan) for about 20-25 minutes.  We tend to put these into the oven when the meat is out and resting. 

Finally, you need some gravy.  And this is soooo easy to do! You take the juices from the beef pan and pour them into a saucepan.  Add about a tablespoon of flour and keep stirring on a low heat so it thickens.  Then add about 150ml of beef stock (depending on how much gravy you want) and stir this in, season, and keep stirring on a low heat.   

And ta-dah...a deliciously simple Sunday roast to enjoy. Give it a go and let me know what you think! Happy Sunday!

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance.

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  1. How delicious does that roast look and so easy to do as well, may just have to give that a whirl, thanks! Cheers for linking up with #MMWBH x